Coach – Nathan Buckley
Points For – 7th
Points Against – 2nd
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Brodie Grundy
- Scott Pendlebury
- Jack Crisp
- Adam Treloar
- Brayden Maynard
2019 Rising Star Noms
Ins – Jay Rantall, Trent Bianco, Trey Ruscoe, Darcy Cameron
Outs – James Aish, Ben Crocker, Lynden Dunn, Tyson Goldsack, Sam Murray, Daniel Wells
A year when it kept looking like they had another level to get to but then they just couldn’t find that level. They couldn’t reach the level they had the previous year and losing Beams to his issues and Stephenson to his stupidity certainly didn’t help.
The backline last year performed really well with Roughead a great pickup for not much, he teamed with Moore and Howe to form a pretty good wall. Dunn looks like coming back in for depth as well. They have good run through Maynard, Langdon and Crisp. They can look a little one paced out of defense but it is working.
The midfield was lauded before last season as perhaps the greatest midfield to ever play the game by certain media people trying to sell newspapers. It is a good midfield but not even the best in the competition at the moment. They would love to get Beams back but I don’t know if that will happen. Pendlebury is coming off another great season and Sidebottom seems to be finding the same level of consistency. The only Collingwood supporter in my social circle tells me that Adams is their most important mid and does the hard stuff. They bat deep through their midfield and it is one of the best in the competition being fed by a ruck who joins in as a midfielder once the ball is on the ground.
The forward line has to be a worry for Pies fans hoping to pinch a premiership. Mason Cox is unreliable and realistically only serves to make a contest. They need De Goey to find consistency and to step up. Mihocek had a very good season and stepped up when needed. They will be happy to have Stephenson back although he needs more tricks in his bag.
The ruck depth is almost non-existent. They need Grundy to stay fit. Losing him would destroy their season. They only really have Roughead and Cox as depth and need both of those players to play in position. Grundy is probably the most damaging ruck in the competition for his ability to play ruck and midfield. The coach has made a grand final and seems to have the team ticking along. I feel this season they need to make some adjustments to their game plan to remain competitive and it will be interesting to see how he adapts.
I think Collingwood are a very interesting team to look at. They almost won a premiership in 2018 but last year didn’t often look a genuine threat before finishing in the top four. Looking over their list and it is clearly a list built around a very good midfield but I don’t think they have a good enough forward line to challenge. I think they may even slide this year and finish between 4 and 6.